Hello, and happy Thursday! The start of the school year is off to an okay start, but it’s been a very busy first few weeks. The first few days were rough, but I really like my classes, especially English! My English teacher is really nice, and although I do have a lot of homework, it’s all been really fun so far. I didn’t have a chance to get this post out last Friday, but even though this is very late, I’m really excited for this topic!
Anyways, onto Let’s Talk Bookish. This topic, tips for newbie bloggers was the first one that I remember reading about, and it’s what introduced me to Let’s Talk Bookish back in September 2019. It was right after I started blogging, so all of the tips were so helpful to me starting out! I hope that my tips, and everyone else’s (which are all linked at the bottom of this post) can be helpful to some of you, and with that, I’m going to get into this LTB post!
Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is tips for newbie bloggers (suggested by me!)
What have you learned since you first started blogging? What advice would you give to new bloggers?
I’ve learned so much since I first started blogging, and the way that I blog has really changed over the years. So, here are three of the most important things I’ve learned about blogging that I would give as advice to new bloggers!
1. Interact with the community.
If you have a book blog, it’s so important to interact with the community! I had no idea what an amazing book blogging community there was when I started my blog, and it took me a little while to really discover it.
And even once I was reading lots of blogs, I would often feel nervous about commenting on other posts, feeling scared to interact with big bloggers. Now, I know that bloggers always are happy to receive comments, and that commenting on posts is a way to build amazing friendships within the blogging community.
2. Only write what you really want to write
There are tons of different posts; reviews, discussions, endless tags, and weekly memes. Looking at all that as a new blogger can feel really overwhelming, and I always felt like I wasn’t doing enough, or needed to be doing way more.
If you don’t like reviews, don’t spend your time writing reviews. If you don’t like tags, don’t post tags. It’s only worth it if you’re writing about things that you’re interested in!
3. Set a schedule that works for you
Maybe you have the time to post every day, or maybe you post once a month. However often you can post, I think it’s really helpful to have a schedule that helps you stay on track with blogging goals.
I haven’t been the best with this since it’s the beginning of the school year, but in general I liked to stick to a 3 post a week schedule: LTB discussions on Fridays, WWW Wednesday reading updates on Wednesdays and miscellaneous posts like reviews and wrap ups on Mondays. This in general works well for me!
Everyone has different commitments outside of blogging, but making a blogging plan that works with your schedule is so helpful!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
The community! The book blogging community is definitely one of my favorite parts of blogging, and I’ve made so many friendships through blogging.
The blogging community is also one of the reasons I love Let’s Talk Bookish so much. I get to interact with a ton of amazing bloggers who I might not otherwise know, and we all get to read each others’ thoughts on all the topics.
What is the hardest part of blogging for you?
Managing my time. Balancing blogging with school is hard, and it’s easy for me to become really overwhelmed. Setting a posting schedule I stick to, and planning out what posts I plan to write on what days a few weeks in advance helps me, but it’s still definitely a challenge.
Is there anything you wish you’d done differently with your blog?
I wish that I could have been more organized with my blogging from the beginning, and that’s honestly something that I still wish for. I could have also done a better job with scheduling my posts in advance! I honestly wish that I could do that now, so that’s definitely something I need to work on!
This week’s posts:
Raji @ Worlds Unlike Our Own | Elli @ Ace Reader | Dini @ Dini Panda Reads | Dedra @ A Book Wanderer | Kathryn @ Kathryn Books | Lila @ Hardcover Haven | Hannah @ Hannah’s Library Fives @ Down the Rabbit Hole | The Bageler
Jenni @ JenniElyse
Thanks so much to everyone who participated, and don’t forget to go and discover some new blogs! If I missed your post, let me know in the comments so I can add it up here!
How long have you been blogging? What advice would you give to new bloggers? What is the hardest part of blogging for you? What’s your favorite part about blogging? Chat with me in the comments below!
5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Tips for Newbie Bloggers”
It’s definitely hard to find time to blog! But I agree that having a schedule can help you stay on course. I think it makes sense to start with just a few blogs per month or once a week, or whatever seems reasonable. And then if you find it’s manageable, work your way up to more. It can be very tempting to just want to blog all the time (because blogging is fun!), but burnout is real!
And, yes! The book blogging community is so kind and welcoming, and really the best part. It’s wonderful to have so many online friends ready to talk books!
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Blogger burnout definitely is real (and maybe should be a future LTB topic). It’s easy to throw yourself into blogging maybe a little too much at the beginning. And the book blogging community really is incredible!! Thanks for commenting, and sorry for the late reply!!
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I also participated in this discussion. Here’s my post: https://jennielyse.com/lets-talk-bookish-3/
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Thank you for participating, and sorry for how long it took me to get to this! I’ve added your post to the links 🙂